- 2 Timothy 3:16-17
- All Scripture comes from and is approved by God.
- It is relevant and useful for righteous living.
- It is to be applied to our lives.
- Hebrews 4:12-13
- The Word is relevant to our lives.
- The Word cuts (hurts); it is precise and reveals the depths of our hearts.
- See also James 1:22-25
- Matthew 15:1-9
- Traditions that supersede the Word of God are worship in vain.
- 1 Timothy 4:16
- Watch your life and doctrine closely; they are inseparable.
- Which is more important, life or doctrine?
- Neither. It is much like the wings of an airplane. You need both to fly.
- Why is it so important to learn and to teach and to live the right doctrine?
- To save yourself and those who hear you.
- We learn both right doctrine and how to live the right life in the Bible.
- Psalm 19:1-11
- The Psalmist is celebrating the goodness of God’s word.
- What language is the Psalmist using to describe God’s word?
- What does he mean when he says it is better than honey and pure gold?
- What is the ultimate warning/promise?
- Will you live by the Scripture? Your feelings, traditions, needs, etc. may have some validity but they cannot supersede what the Bible says.
- Start the habit of reading the Bible and praying daily.
- What would prevent you from reading the bible on a regular basis?
GOD HAS A PLAN
- God is the Creator of all things, and, as we will find as we continue to read the Bible, He is also the Ruler, Judge, and Redeemer of all things.
- How does the earth begin? Would this be a good place to live? Why do you say so?
- What changes this situation?
- God brings order to an, otherwise, uninhabitable earth.
- Humans are made in God’s image. They are made to reflect God’s glory.
- What is God’s first action toward human beings? He blesses them. God intends for humans to be blessed.
- God wills that human beings would fill the earth and rule over it.
Genesis 2:7-9, 15-17
- God allows the humans to eat from the “tree of life,” but they are not allowed to eat from the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”
- God knows what is good for humans. Should human beings trust God?
- By obeying God humans will live, but disobedience will bring about death.
- The humans decide to listen to the serpent rather than God. In so doing they cease to reflect God’s glory.
- Humans once lived in the garden with God, but because of disobedience they are exiled from God’s presence. In other words, heaven and earth have been driven apart.
- God prevents them from eating from the “tree of life.” Death becomes a reality.
These verses teach us that God has a plan for His creation. He intends to bless human beings, and He wills that they would flourish in His good creation. Humans however have turned away from God’s plan, and as a result have been banished from His presence. Genesis 1-2 describe God’s good creation, but Genesis 3-11 show us a world in disarray. A fallen world. A world in desperate need of repair.
- God calls a man named Abram (Arbram is later re-named Abraham).
- God promises to bless Abram, and through him bless all people.
- Abram is God’s solution to the problems found in Genesis 3-11.
- God has a plan to redeem and restore humanity through Abraham.
- The rest of the Bible focuses on God’s promise to bring blessing to the world through Abraham’s family (Israel).
- The New Testament begins by telling us that Jesus Christ is one of Abraham’s descendants.
- In other words, God is faithful to His plan. God promised to bring blessing to all people through Abraham, and in Jesus Christ He has fulfilled His promise.
- Jesus is the climax of the biblical story .
Jesus Christ was God’s Son (John 3:16-18). He died on a cross, and was resurrected so that human sin could be forgiven (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Your sin. My sin.
2 Corinthians 5:17-19a
- Jesus brings about new creation. Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation.
- Through Christ God is reconciling the world to Himself. Through faith in Jesus Christ all may participate in God’s plan for His creation.
- God is still reconciling the world to Himself through Jesus Christ. God wants all people to participate in His new creation. That includes you and me.
Revelation 21:1-4; 22:1-5
- Through Jesus Christ, one of Abraham’s descendants, all creation will be renewed.
- God will dwell with humans, just as he always desired. God’s presence among human beings will be restored.
- Humans will again have access to the tree of life.
- Instead of two humans in a garden, the Bible ends by showing us a city full of people, just as God intended (cf. Gen 1:28).
- Heaven and earth will brought back together (Rev 21:1).
- What is God’s plan? What is God up to in our world?
- God wants to bless all people, and that includes you (see Acts 17:24-28)!
- God seeks to live among us.
- God has given His Son so that we might participate in His plan.
- How will you respond?
- What is your next step?
- • God calls His creation “good” (Gen 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31). What is good about it?
Join us on February 6, 2014 for a great night of acoustic music with our featured artist, singer/song writer Keelan Donovan.
Doors open at 6:30, the show starts at 7pm. There is a $5 cover charge. See you there!
2015 At a Glance
January 8 Foundations Series Churchwide
February 6 Concert at 1300 Wash
February 15 Greenhouse @4pm
February 21-22 Marriage Retreat
February 27 Congregational Devotional
March 21 Womens Brunch
March 31 God In Us (5 week series)
April 3 Good Friday Devotional
April 10 & 11 Parenting Workshop
April 25 Heartland Teen Prom
May 1 Congregational Devotional
May 9 Womens Class @9:30am
May 17 Greenhouse @4pm
June 7-13 Heartland Youth Camp
June 20 Womens Class @9:30am
June 23-28 Heartland Kids Camp
July 18 Womens Class @9:30am
August 21 Congregational Devotional
August 29 Greenhouse All day Training
September 1 Fall Bible Study Series begins
September 11 New Members Dinner
September 19 Charity Kickball Tournament
September 24-25 Revival
October 9-10 Fall Womens Retreat
October 23 Womens Café Night
November 6 Congregational Devotional
November 14 Womens Class @9:30
November 21 Community Breakfast
December 11 Christmas Banquet
December 20 Christmas Production
We look forward to seeing brothers for times of friendship, fellowship, fun, Bible study, and prayer over the course of the upcoming year. Feel free to bring friends.
Men’s breakfast is scheduled for the 3rd Saturday of every month from 9:00-10:30am at Denny’s on 12319 Dorsett Rd. See you there!
For more info contact Rob Woods (314-484-8428) or Carlton Brooks (314-302-2979)
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